Josip Simunic fights to clear his name

David Polkinghorne 9:15 PM   How a Canberra-born soccer star is trying to regain his reputation after three words linked him to Croatian fascists and Nazi Germany.

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Toomua to captain Brumbies for first time

Matt Toomua of the Brumbies.

David Polkinghorne 6:56 PM   Brumbies playmaker to wear the captain's armband for the first time in pre-season trial against Tahs.

Speight's Friend-ly sevens reuinion

Henry Speight will use a midfield switch to spark his best form.

Chris Dutton 5:46 PM   Henry Speight still remembers the moment Andy Friend convinced him to join the ACT Brumbies.

Mann-Rea's country move ignites passion

Brumbies hooker with daughter Avery at their home in Jugiong. He drives 90 minutes to Canberra for Super Rugby training ...

Chris Dutton 3:22 PM   A team bus stopping to pick up a hooker sounds like a joke or the start of an off-season controversy, but this is not what you're thinking.

SBW eyeing Olympics with sister Niall 

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 30:  Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand looks on during the 2016 Wellington Sevens ...

Brad Walter 3:39 PM   Sydney Roosters are favorites to sign Sonny Bill Williams but they face competition from the NZRU and others clubs chasing his services in French rugby union, the NRL and Super League.

Hayne surprises Fijian team

Jarryd Hayne (3rd from right, red tshirt) with members of the Fiji Sevens team at a pop up Fijiian bar in Moore Park, ...

Jotham Lian 5:58 PM   Jarryd Hayne was right at home when he surprised the Fijian sevens squad on the eve of the Sydney Sevens tournament this weekend.

Canberra Raider banned from Origin

Canberra Raiders winger Edrick Lee won't face any sanctions from the club after being banned from playing Origin for 12 ...

Lee Gaskin 5:59 PM   Edrick Lee won't face any additional sanctions from the Raiders after his State of Origin ban.

Maroons in tatters as eight players banned

Origin ban: Ben Hunt

Michael Carayannis 5:25 PM   Queensland's Origin defence has been thrown into disarray with Anthony Milford, Ben Hunt and Dylan Napa among eight players to be suspended.

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Wayne Pearce breaks silence about Mitchell

Support: Wayne Pearce (right) is confident his son Mitchell is receiving expert treatment and care.

Michael Carayannis 6:23 PM   Wayne Pearce has broken his silence declaring his son Mitchell's treatment and recovery as "all that matters" to him.

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Soliola's words spark Brenko into action

Dream home: Raiders winger Brenko Lee hopes to buy his family a house this year.

Chris Dutton 5:49 PM   The words Sia Soliola whispered in Brenko Lee's ear are driving him for 2016

Women's sport pioneers leave great legacy 

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Lee Gaskin 5:39 PM   Saturday Serve: Canberra and women's sport will be the ones shedding tears after the exits of Carrie Graf and Heather Reid.

Cricket

New Zealand vs Australia: Second ODI, live scores from Wellington

Out in the cold: Usman Khawaja looks on from the players' benches as Australia struggle on the field.

Follow our interactive matchtracker for full live coverage as Australia take on New Zealand in the second match of the series for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.

Cowan out of shield match under new concussion rule

Ed Cowan

Ed Cowan has been ruled out of the remainder of NSW's Sheffield Shield match with Western Australia after being struck on the head by a fierce bouncer on Friday.

Soccer

Sydney FC battle to 2-2 A-League draw with Adelaide United

Drought broken: Matt Simon celebrates his well-taken goal.

Lee Gagliardi 11:52 PM   Adelaide United extended their unbeaten run to 10 A-League matches following a hard-fought 2-2 draw with Sydney FC.

Wanderers marquee faces fight to return to match squad

Under-performer: Import Frederico Piovaccari is on the outer at the Wanderers.

Struggling Italian marquee Federico Piovaccari faces an uphill battle to win back a place in the Wanderers match day squad

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League HQ

Anasta backs young Sydney Roosters halves

Braith Anasta of the Roosters in Auckland on Friday.

Braith Anasta insists his Auckland Nines return is nothing more than a cameo despite the Roosters likely starting the season with one of the most inexperienced halves pairings of all time.

NRL set to finalise CEO shortlist

"There are clubs that are privately owned that rely on private enterprise funds coming in.": John Grant.

The NRL is expected to finalise a shortlist of four candidates to fill the vacant chief executive role as John Grant defended the game's working environment after Suzanne Young's resignation

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AFL

No replacements for suspended players

Sherrin footy

The four AFL clubs with banned former Essendon players have been refused the right to replace the players serving drug suspensions this year.

Civil trial involving Pickering 'difficult'

Law suit: AFL player agent Liam Pickering has been embroiled in a "difficult" civil trial.

Carlton-supporting judge reserves his decision in a case where he had repeatedly urged the parties involved to try to settle the matter.

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ACT Sport

Millar timing Vic Open run perfectly

Matthew Millar has made a move at the Victorian Open.

David Polkinghorne 6:19 PM   Canberra golfer moves into contention going into weekend of first event of the year.

Best friends put rivalry aside - until the sprint for the line

World champion Madison de Rozario has high hopes for the Paralympics at Rio de Janeiro.

David Polkinghorne 6:04 PM   World champions Madison de Rozario and Angela Ballard do everything together - until the end of the race.

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Horse Racing

Banjo’s ghost to be found at Randwick

Max Presnell dinkus Dinkus

Obviously the bottom line at Banjo Paterson's demise came from his time as a racing writer. "When Paterson, 77, died on February 5, 1941 he had 221/17/1 pounds in the bank and liabilities of 46 pounds," according to Richard Hall in Banjo Paterson (Allen and Unwin).

Signoff to miss again

Since his Caulfield win, Signoff has given three negative tests, but will not start on Saturday.

One of Australia's most gifted stayers Signoff will again have to be scratched from Saturday's Robert Hunter Handicap, with trainer Darren Weir unprepared to risk the five-year-old returning a positive sample to anti-inflammatory medication.

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Essendon players set to appeal ban

A look back at a timeline of the Essendon supplement scandal.

Tim Grant chasing Origin call-up

Wests recruit Tim Grant is looking for more Origin action for NSW.

Superbowl 50: NFL greats on what it takes

Vinatieri, Rice and Manning talk of what it takes to win the big one.

Jarryd Hayne sings with Fiji Sevens team

Jarryd Hayne sings with the Fiji Sevens team in Sydney.

NFL Players talk  about concussions

Will viewers start to tune out as the  concussion drama worsens?

Ryan's horror as Barca rout Valencia

Luis Suarez scored four goals as Barcelona thrashed Valencia 7-0.

Fearnley says Rio will be his last games

Australian Paralympic legend says next 12 months may be his last.

Cooper misses Sydney Sevens selection

Wallaby five-eighth omitted from coach Andy Friend's squad.

Curry sparkles against Washington Wizards

Golden State's Stephen Curry has a career-best first half.

Smith says Australia went too hard at NZ

Australian captain admits his side's aggressive approach was costly.